Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 12
Rated 5 out of 5 by hashbrowncomercial new bionicles are amazingly #cool
awesome gold spider
cool printed pieces
just flat out awesome
no legs for gold spider
10 August 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by BrettCuv Lord of Skull Spiders...?
-Lots of gear pieces
-Trans red pieces
-Black armor/ new chestplate print
-Compared to the Toa, this set feels out of place
Though not the best set when compared to others, the Skull Spider is great for new pieces
23 July 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by EddieTheChronicler Is... Is That What They're So Scared Of?
Well to paraphrase Princess Leia: "Aren't you a little short for a main villain?" Seriously, the best warriors on the island had to team up to fight this thing? Couldn't a Protector just element blast it with their minigun? Measuring about 3 inches tall, it towers under all of the other Bionicle figures in this wave. And yet it's the main villain of the wave? It just seems to me that a main villain should be big and imposing, and this is... supposed to be. Maybe. But I just don't see it. It's not a threat to one Toa. It's barely a threat to a Protector. I know that it's probably just a "pawn" villain as ToaLarich said, but nonetheless this "pawn" villain was released as THE stand-alone boss villain for Bionicle's initial release, was hyped up as a worthy adversary, and yet- it's quite short compared to the Toa. Sure, length and width wise it's the largest, but as I pictured in this review the Toa can crush this thing with ease under a heroic metal boot.
The grip and crush feature is cool, but there's two problems with it. One: it doesn't really work with these figures. The legs are to small to go around even a Protector, so it doesn't really grip or crush anything larger than a piece or two. Two: it's obvious that the set was built around this feature, rather than the feature being integrated into the set. The crush feature is clever, don't get me wrong, but I think Bionicle fans would have preferred a large spider that has two legs that crush instead of a small spider that uses all six legs to crush.
Printed piece is cool, grip function is cool, but my big complaint is that leg design, and with a spider set it's pretty much all legs. These legs make the spider way too short. I even tried flipping the legs to make this thing as tall as I could and it was still way shorter than the Protectors, which are 5", almost twice as tall. Not only are the legs short, they are barely poseable. Only the "foot" piece moves, the legs don't go forward-backward or even up and down (not independently, anyway). So this set's poseability is low, in stark contrast to the rest of the wave. If you're going to buy this set, buy leg pieces from the Toa to make this set taller because this thing is way too short on its own.
Cool printed piece (this set only)
Golden skull spider? Yes please! (this set only)
Clever grip function
I like the spikes and the teeth on this set
WAY TOO SHORT!!!!
Clearly built around the function
Function isn't effective due to lack of leg length
Poseability largely hindered by lack of moveable legs
We've got a golden skull spider... where are it's legs??
Honestly if Lego had just included six of the Toa leg pieces to extend the legs this set, this would have been a 5/5 set and I would have talked about how much I loved their scary villian. It would have been poseable. The function would have worked MUCH better. The legs might have actually moved. I really can't figure out why they didn't think to put that in the set, it's not like them and I'm sure it won't happen with future sets. I'm also quite suprised by their decision to not give the Golden Skull Spider legs. All of the other Skull Spiders have legs AND infection powers, why not this one? This set is just not great, which is really abnormal for Lego.
If you're a collector like me, get this set so that you have this wave's main villain. And I'm not saying this set can't be fun to play with, especially if you're 8 or 9. But honestly if you want a worthy enemy of the Toa/Protectors, just buy a bunch of regular Skull Spiders.
If you're not a collector, and you're not 8 or 9, I don't recommend this set as is. If you buy this set you'll have to buy pieces to extend the legs or it just looks bad next to the supposedly defenseless Protectors.
02 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amanda8 Another Brilliant Lego Product
I bought the Lego Bionicle spider for my 5 year old son. He's Bionicle mad and has wanted this for a while. He was not disappointed. The instructions were clear, (I did have to help him make it), and the quality was good. We have many Lego products and this was up to their normal high standards. If your child likes Lego I would certainly recommend it, as I have a very happy little boy.
12 June 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by ToaLarich Interesting/Neat Model but lacks playability
Ok so first and foremost I do want to say that I liked the Lord of Skull Spiders overall, he's a really cool villain for the Bionicle to face (and I'm under the impression he's just a pawn for a much bigger foe 'cough' Makuta 'cough) but I find a few improvements could have been made to the overall figure. I love the color-scheme! The leg grip action is pretty neat too. The issues I had with it was primarily a lack of movement in the legs, it makes the figure stiff and you really can't put him in very many interesting or intimidating poses, it also limits how you can play with it from a child's perspective. I really would have liked to have seen limbs more like the Visorak from the original Bionicle set or something similar. The other thing I was somewhat disappointed by was the size, in the animations and commercial it seems SO much larger but the actual model looks like a single Toa like Tahu or Onua could just step on it. I wouldn't have minded paying 30$ for a larger set. I really like that this is a new creature though and is not just some slap together humanoid figure, it actually reminds me a lot of the original Rahi models from the 1st Bionicle sets which is why overall I do enjoy it and it's a neat addition to the next generation of Bionicle collectibles.
02 May 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Neptune412 Lord of Skull Spiders
This was the first build-able bad guy that I got and he is really cool. although the Lord of Skull Spiders is short he does look kinda dangerous. I was kind of disappointed that the grip and crush function is with all the legs, but it is still good for if the Lord of Skull Spiders drops from the sky and grabs an enemy. now for the pros and cons
the grip and crush function
the golden mask of skull spiders
a lot larger than all the other skull spiders
13 April 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Larry2011 Definitely Not Itsy-Bitsy
The first thing I should mention about this set is that it is huge. By huge I mean the it-fits-on-a-large-size-baseplate kind of huge. In fact, you may even want to make space for this model in advance before you put it together.
Something else I want to mention is that fans of printed pieces will be excited to know that there is ONE printed piece in this set; the spider's face. Out of the 2015 BIONICLE sets I've bought so far, the only set that I've had to apply decals to is Onua.
Not only is this set stable quality-wise, but the play function of this set is also pretty cool. Which brings me to my next point; the play feature uses a LEGO Technic elastic band to operate the play feature. The downside to this is that THERE IS NO SPARE INCLUDED. I don't think it will break on its own during play, but if it gets lost during construction, or something else happens to it, you're basically out of luck unless you order a new one.
Finally, you get a Skull Spider mask cast in pearl-gold which is a nice inclusion for the set. However, the only thing I dislike about it is that you don't get any leg pieces to make it into a Skull Spider.
Overall, I recommend it to any BIONICLE fans out there (including the ones who have a fear of spiders).
09 March 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by SavatoEX It's an alright set.
The "Lord of Skull Spiders" is the first villain introduced in the 2015 relaunch of Bionicle. While his elastic/gear gimmick and transparent technic parts are nice to see, not many parts are really as compatible with the CCBS as many of the other 2015 Toa sets at the same price are and the gimmick limits poseability to just the ends of it's legs, but I am glad to see a non-bipedal enemy return.
In terms of appearance, He definitely looks good as the black/transparent orange colour scheme and his overall silhouette definitely looks more cool in person then the stock photos do justice but as many people have mentioned, he isn't as big as his name makes him sound.
However, he looks great amongst an army of skull spiders included with the other sets.
My only other superficial gripe would be his printed face, the fact that some fangs are on his face and are parts attached to him clashes a bit since his face is 2D and fangs are 3D.
I hope that LEGO is not discouraged from releasing more beast characters as it definitely makes the line more interesting. One of my biggest problems with the original line was that it devolved into slightly customizable action figures and started to seriously lack variety. I hope they don't make the same mistake with this 2015 relaunch.
17 February 2015